One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    The Mammal Gallery is hosting a fun one-night robot building and battle competition at their gallery in Downtown Atlanta. See the event details below and RSVP to attend this exciting event at a cool Atlanta art space. The first 32 participants to arrive will be entered into the competition!

    See Mammal Gallery's Facebook event here >>  https://www.facebook....

    EVENT DETAILS:
    "We are excited to announce the most unpredictable robotics sporting event will be coming to a friendly neighborhood Mammal Gallery near you on June 30.

    Hebocon celebrates the technically ungifted and the creative and charming robots they build. 32 amazing & crappy robots will compete in a sumo-wrestling tournament where they are awarded prizes for victory and electives such as "least high tech robot".

    The public is invited to join us at 5pm for robot making (bring your own materials if possible). The first 32 to arrive will be entered into the main sumo event. Other heboi robot events and battles will also take place and will include any and all heboi participants regardless of sign up order.

    The Sumo Tournement will begin at 9:30.

    RULES:
    Machine Specifications - please participate with a robot that satisfies all the conditions stated below:
    - It is technologically poor (please refer the paragraph on the high-tech penalty rule)
    - It is not equipped with a device that deliberately sets out to destroy opposing machines (such as a moving electric drill)
    - It is not over 50cm across, nor 50cm long (no restrictions on its height), and weighs no more than a kilogram.

    HIGH-TECH PENALTY RULE:
    In the case any of the following features on a robot have been achieved through the technical abilities of its creator, that creator is to be penalized for demonstrating overly high technical capabilities. This includes:
    - Remote controls
    - Automatic controls (controls triggered by information sent by sensors of any kind, measurement of passed time, or measurement of travelled distance, etc.).
    - Anything else the judges may consider as being high-tech.

    Note: The penalty is to be applied in each match that the high-tech feature concerned is enabled. The penalty is not to be applied in matches where that high-tech feature is not used.

    Note: The penalty is not to be applied in the case where there is a high-tech feature on a robot, but not achieved through the technical capabilities of its creator.

    Example: A machine consisting of a ready-made radio-controlled car and a bunny wrapped around it would not be subjected to the penalty, as the creator had nothing to do with the creation of the radio-controlled mechanism.

    Note: Even if a robot has high-tech features, if the implementation fails or if it does not work at all, it will not receive a penalty
    .
    Example: The robot is supposed to automatically pursue the opponent, but instead it just turns around in place.

    Note: Participants will be able to check in advance with the organizer of a particular Hebocon competition whether or not his robot would be considered as being high-tech by the judges.

    The penalty deducts six points per high-tech feature per match. More points are deducted in the case a robot has multiple high-tech features.

    So, those are the rules. If you are planning on entering a Hebocon
    competition, please make sure you read the document titled “What is
    Hebocon.” Hebocon is not about winning the championship. It is more important to enjoy Heboiness.

    Don’t worry about winning, and just praise each other’s Heboiness!"


    Atlanta, GA - USA

    Friday, June 30 at 5:00 PM

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    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/240817155/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Welding for Beginners is a bimonthly class series that focuses on the fundamentals of welding through hands-on use and practice with different welders - including MIG, TIG, and sometimes stick welding.

    This class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety and tool prepneeded to get started performingTIG or MIG welding on carbon steel

    In this class, you will learn how to safely set up a welding work piece, how to run a bead, and how to set the machine for different work types (i.e. thicknesses of steel). The participants will weld several practice joints and a final test piece out of carbon steel strips that they get to to take home to demonstrate the fundamental joints of welding.

    Meetup Details :
    + Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    + $150 (pay on the Meetup page)
    + Joshua Terrell is the instructor

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, July 1 at 12:00 PM

    3

    Price: 150.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/241068645/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is plentiful with great tools that can help you build (almost) anything. With these great tools comes great responsibility, so this class is meant to teach individuals who are new to being in the shop how to properly operate the equipment and use the tools that are in the shop. 

    This is a monthly class, hosted right after Welding class, so those who are interested in learning how to use all the shop tools would benefit from this day-long series of classes that teach you how to properly operate the shop tools.

    This class is FREEto Freeside members, and non-members can pay $10 to take this class. Questions? Send an email to ac@freesideatlanta.org

    Required Clothes:
    + Closed toed boots/shoes
    + Long pants
    + Long sleeves or tee shirt
    + Proper eye wear (provided by Freeside)

    Tools that will be introduced:
    + Drill press
    + Planar
    + Table saw
    + Bandsaw
    + Chop saw
    + Drop saw
    + Angle grinder
    + Paint booth

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, July 1 at 2:30 PM

    11

    Price: 10.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/240509154/